'I'm as confident as I can be' - Prescott believes Cowboys' defense can take them all the way
Dak Prescott believes the Dallas Cowboys have a championship-level defense after another lockdown performance in the second half of their 28-20 Thanksgiving win against the New York Giants.
Prescott was solid, completing 21-of-30 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions, with both of his scores coming in the third quarter to tight end Dalton Schultz.
His touchdown passes on back-to-back drives quickly turned a 13-7 half-time deficit into a 21-13 lead by the end of the third quarter, and the Cowboys did not concede a point in the second half until a consolation touchdown in the final 10 seconds.
Their defense was led by last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year and current Defensive Player of the Year favourite, Micah Parsons, who sacked Giants quarterback Daniel Jones twice to take his season tally to 12 – the second most in the league.
It comes one week after the Cowboys' defense manhandled the Minnesota Vikings en route to a 40-3 demolition, and Prescott said that defensive group gives them a chance to be great.
"I'm as confident as I can be," he told reporters after the Giants win. "I always have been with this team.
"It doesn't matter what [outsiders] say about what they believe in, I know what this team is capable of – especially with this defense we have.
"We've just got to continue to keep our heads down, take it one day at a time, and one game at a time. We control everything that's in front of us."
Micah Parsons is the 3rd player to have 12+ sacks in each of his first 2 seasons since individual sacks were first recorded in 1982 — joining Aldon Smith and Hall of Famer Reggie White.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 25, 2022
Parsons also tied Smith for the most games with 2+ sacks in a player's first 2 seasons (9).
Despite the final result, it was a choppy first half for the Cowboys' offense, but star receiver CeeDee Lamb said that is never going to result in a dip in confidence.
"We've been preaching resilience," Lamb said. "That's our motto this year. Everything about this season has been revealing itself. Just understanding that we're always coming to battle, ready for whatever and we've got each other's back.
"[Prescott and I] are still building. I understand how late it is in the season, but we didn't have the first half [of the season, when Prescott was out injured].
"We still had a couple mishaps, but we came out victorious and had a couple completions in the clutch."
At 8-3, the Cowboys are almost assured of a spot in the postseason, where they will have a chance to win their first playoff game since 2018.